John Plunkett – The Guardian | Tuesday 4 March 2014
ITV’s murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.
With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.
Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4’s My Mad Fat Teenage Diary in her first major TV role.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, against BBC2’s Top of the Lake and BBC3’s In The Flesh.
My Mad Fat Teenage Diary is also up for the best drama series prize, against Channel 4’s Utopia and BBC2’s Peaky Blinders, but there is nothing in either category for BBC2’s Gillian Anderson thriller, The Fall.
The best male actor award sees Idris Elba nominated for BBC1’s Luther, alongside Stephen Dillane for Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel and Run star Lennie James.
Another BBC1 face, Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll, is up for best comedy performance, against Rebecca Front, one of the stars of Sky Arts‘ Psychobitches, and Ryan Sampson of ITV2 comedy Plebs.
It is one of two nods for Psychobitches, which is also up for the comedy writing prize (against James Corden and Mathew Baynton, for their BBC2 show The Wrong Mans, and Plebs writers Sam Leifer and Tom Basden).
Channel 4’s Matt Berry comedy Toast of London is nominated for the scripted comedy award, along with Plebs and Sky 1’s Charlie Brooker spoof, A Touch of Cloth II.
Gogglebox – the Channel 4 show featuring people watching the week’s TV – is up for the best popular factual and features prize, up against Lost Lost Family and fellow Channel 4 show Gadget Man.
EastEnders, which is in the midst of a revamp after a difficult year, misses out in the soap and continuing drama category, where Casualty, Coronation Street and Emmerdale are nominated.
Richard III: King in the Car Park, on Channel 4, is up for the best history award, along with Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV) and The Story of the Jews (BBC2).
The RTS Programme Awards, hosted by comedian Tim Vine, take place on 18 March in London.
Television Society Programme Awards 2013 – in full
Olivia Colman – Broadchurch (ITV)/Run (Channel 4)
Sharon Rooney–- My Mad Fat Teenage Diary (Channel 4)
Jodie Whittaker – Broadchurch (ITV)
Stephen Dillane – The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic)
Idris Elba – Luther (BBC1)
Lennie James – Run (Channel 4)
Imagine…Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures? (BBC1)
Inside The Mind of Leonardo (Sky Arts)
Rebuilding The World Trade Center (Channel 4)
Dumping Ground (CBBC)
The Ugly Duckling (CBeebies)
Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (CBBC)
Hard Times – A Newsround Special (CBBC)
Rebecca Front – Psychobitches (Sky Arts)
Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC1)
Ryan Sampson – Plebs (ITV2)
Four Rooms, Boundless (Channel 4)
Pointless, Remarkable Television for Endemol (BBC1)
The Chase (ITV)
Educating Yorkshire, Twofour (Channel 4)
Her Majesty’s Prison: Aylesbury (ITV)
The Call Centre (BBC3)
In the Flesh, BBC Drama Production Salford, BBC America (BBC3)
Top of the Lake, See-Saw Films (BBC2)
My Mad Fat Teenage Diary, Tiger Aspect (E4)
Peaky Blinders, Caryn Mandabach Productions, Tiger Aspect (BBC2)
Utopia, Kudos (Channel 4)
A League Of Their Own (Sky1)
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
The Last Leg (Channel 4)
Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4)
Ant & Dec – Britain’s Got Talent/Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice/Through The Keyhole (ITV)
Richard III: King in the Car Park (Channel 4)
Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV)
The Story of the Jews (BBC2)
Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)
Storyville – Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (BBC4)
The Returned, Haut et Court (Channel 4)
Bollywood Carmen Live (BBC3)
The Ashes – 2013 (Sky Sports)
Wimbledon Men’s Final (BBC1)
Popular, factual and features
Gadget Man (Channel 4)
Gogglebox (Channel 4)
Long Lost Family (ITV)
Sir David Attenborough – Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough (Sky 3D/Sky1)
Stephen Fry – Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2)
Davina McCall – Long Lost Family (ITV)
Science and natural history
How to Win the Grand National (Channel 4)
Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony (BBC4)
A Touch of Cloth II: Undercover Cloth (Sky1)
Toast of London (Channel 4)
Dogging Tales (Channel 4)
The Murder Trial (Channel 4)
The Unspeakable Crime: Rape (BBC1)
Burton and Taylor (BBC4)
Our Girl (BBC1)
The Challenger (BBC2)
Soap and continuing drama
Coronation Street (ITV)
Sports presenter, commentator or pundit
Clare Balding – C4 Racing (Channel 4)
Gabby Logan – World Athletics (BBC1/BBC2)
Gary Neville – Sky Sports (Sky Sports)
Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet (BBC1)
FA Cup Final (ITV)
World Athletics – Mo Farah’s Double Gold Win (BBC1)
James Corden and Mathew Baynton – The Wrong Mans (BBC2)
Sam Leifer and Tom Basden – Plebs (ITV)2
Writing team – Psychobitches (Sky Arts)
Chris Chibnall – Broadchurch (ITV)
Dennis Kelly – Utopia (Channel 4)
Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan – Run (Channel 4)